Dark Lord of Derkholm. Darklordofderkholm. Attribution. Author, Diana Wynne Jones. Cover Artist, Jos A. Smith. Publication information. Publisher, US. A description of tropes appearing in Dark Lord of Derkholm. A Young Adult fantasy novel by Diana Wynne Jones, set in the world described in her meta- . In a career spanning four decades, award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones ( ‒) wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers.

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SandyAMcPherson Jun 23, It pulls these aspects off well, so I can’t say this is a bad thing. It is very much so classic Jones and has some humor and insight in its twist on fantasy tours on other planets and an entire world being destroyed through the greed of one man and the insatiable desires of people for the fantastic. See all my reviews and more at www.

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No wonder I sighed when it was over — all too soon! I still had some problems with this book: Haven’t picked it up since.

Picturing this world as an allegory for a war-plagued country or a dictatorship in general worked really well. Just over six years ago I met the person I want to spend my entire life with, in that time I was very quickly made aware of her affection towards the fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones and regularly told to give her a try. When most of the adult books are full dwrk meanness,and bloodshedwhat a pleasure to smile as you read and thoroughly enjoy the imagination of this writer!

Dark Lord of Derkholm : Diana Wynne Jones :

He’s a mild mannered wizard who only wants to develop new forms of animals, but finds his life turned into an increasing spiral of trying to overcome chaos. Thus his children are left in charge of everything. Great book, I’ve read it ferkholm times and couldn’t resist getting it on my kindle for easy reading everywhere.

Derk, his ecclectic family of human and hybrid creatures, and all the other wizards of this magical world must think of ways to fulfill their obligations while putting an end to these annoying tours for good! Better yet, what if you could go on a quest to overthrow aforesaid dark lord? He does this by forcing everyone to play along in a world-wide game to take people from his world to a new world eerkholm experience a fantasy adventure.


By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. It’s a clever satire of derkkholm fantasy adventures. He’d just fail miserably – wait, that could probably, eventually, put an end to Mr Chesney’s tours.

This book fell a little flat, especially in the last few chapters where it was sometimes difficult to have any idea what was going on. Here, we have a beautifully crafted fantasy world that basks in its own cliches.

I had great sympathy for the “Dark Lord” who dafk just an actor. But it was a edrkholm juvie read.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen is a perfect example of this. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Warmly comforting for underdogs everywhere. Dark Lord of Derkholm. Her retirement from the University sets the stage for a sequel, Year of the Griffinwhen Derk’s youngest daughter goes for training in magic.

I’m enough of a longtime fantasy reader to know that if you don’t see a body, possibly with the head ten feet away, he ain’t dead. But there were so many that none of them really got fully developed. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Some of it is more obvious, like the journey motif of the pilgrim parties and the adventures they get leading up to attacking the Dark Lord in his citadel.

The party gets lost in wastelands, Blade and two tourists get separated from the group, and Shona leads the rest toward Derkholm. To view it, click here. They meet Wizard Derk, who has taken his son Blade to see the Oracles, who say that he will be coached by Deucalion. The basic set-up is a what if.

Dark Lord of Derkholm

Plot Edit Everyone in the world is suffering from the pilgrim tours except the innkeepers, priests, and thieves. Chesney’s Pilgrim Parties come on tour wanting to enjoy a classic fantasy adventure.


Chesney’s contract is so airtight that it devastates the fantasy world and everyone is at their wits’ end trying to fulfill their obligations. A show that leads dermholm tourists to believe that this world is one of magical battles and dark, evil lords.

Want to Read saving…. Also, there were plot twists! Deep Secret The Merlin Conspiracy Which, of course, is a riff on the imperiled heroine trope, though in this case instead of rescuing the heroine from, the heroine’s rescued by the. The novel was based on Diana Wynne Jones’ Tough Guide to Fantasy Land — an encyclopedia-style collection of all the cliches of fantasy writing. Barnabas also does his best to undermine their efforts in moving the Legions of the Dark Lord convicted criminals by creating the containment structures far apart and shoddily designed.

The only indication of his being less than “perfect” is that his feet blister after weeks of marching.

I guess I see no deriholm for other people not to like them, but to me they felt chaotic and added so many things that just werent neccessary at all. After the first couple of chapters, I stopped thinking of this as a parody and started thinking about it as a legitimate fantasy novel in its own right.

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I was shocked to find something so That’s most of what I have to say, but I will conclude with a brief list of people who got better in the end than I thought they deserved. Published August by Gollancz first published And the fights must be real.

What I love about Diana Wynne Jones is how she can present a fantasy novel with a different angle than other fantasy novels with a standard plot – a boy or a girl, fated for something big, learning through ordeals, obtaining greatness.